Fodor's Expert Review Musée Fin-de-Siècle

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One of the big pluses of the Royal Museums' reorganizing of its collection back in 2013 has been the opening of this gallery, dedicated to the period between 1868 and 1914, when art across Europe sought a new direction. Taking up four floors—much of which the Modern Art Museum used to occupy—the collection lends focus to an era when art stopped gazing all moist-eyed at history and instead turned its attention to the world around it. The museum charts this changing of the guard, beginning with the rebellion against academic tradition and the dominant themes of Romanticism that gave rise to the birth of Realism, through to the freer style of the Impressionists, and leading all the way up to World War I. It was an important period for Brussels, too; leading exponents of the Art Nouveau movement such as the architect Victor Horta saw much of the city redesigned in a style that reflected the artistic sea change of the era. Belgian painters featured include Guillaume Vogel and the powerful... READ MORE
One of the big pluses of the Royal Museums' reorganizing of its collection back in 2013 has been the opening of this gallery, dedicated to the period between 1868 and 1914, when art across Europe sought a new direction. Taking up four floors—much of which the Modern Art Museum used to occupy—the collection lends focus to an era when art stopped gazing all moist-eyed at history and instead turned its attention to the world around it. The museum charts this changing of the guard, beginning with the rebellion against academic tradition and the dominant themes of Romanticism that gave rise to the birth of Realism, through to the freer style of the Impressionists, and leading all the way up to World War I. It was an important period for Brussels, too; leading exponents of the Art Nouveau movement such as the architect Victor Horta saw much of the city redesigned in a style that reflected the artistic sea change of the era. Belgian painters featured include Guillaume Vogel and the powerful imagery of Symbolist Léon Spillaert, who runs the gamut from Impressionist-style beaches to brooding self-portraits and Gothic-infused horror. Elsewhere, work by masters such as Paul Gaugin, Auguste Rodin, and Emile Galle place the collection and the art scene of the period at the center of a burgeoning international movement. Though the future of the Fin de Siècle has come under scrutiny, it still stands and remains a powerful reminder of a time when Brussels was one of the great creative capitals. READ LESS
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Rue de la Régence 3
Brussels, Brussels Capital  Belgium

02-508–3211

www.fin-de-siecle-museum.be

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Rate Includes: €8, combo ticket €13 (includes entry to Magritte, Oldmasters, and Modern museums), Closed Mon.

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